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WA calls for action on climate change

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 17 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens have joined with people in Perth and around the country to stand up for action on climate change.

"Today's rally has sent a clear message that people will not stand by as the Coalition tears up Australia's climate change laws," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.

"Tony Abbott wants to repeal Australia's climate change laws despite the fact that our state and our oceans are under profound pressure as a result of climate change.

"In WA, the drying trend across our South West threatens agriculture, rural communities and our food security. Climate change is causing our oceans to warm, become more acidic and is even leading to some ocean currents intensifying and moving closer to the poles.

"Around Australia and the world, we're seeing weather events becoming more severe, along with the increased risk of fires, floods and droughts.

"Action on climate change this decade is critical to keeping global warming to less than 2˚C and to protect our oceans, environment, agriculture but Tony Abbott is taking us in the wrong direction by tearing up the price on carbon pollution.

"Acting on climate change is critical to protecting our state. The Greens support strong and responsible action to meet a greenhouse gas reduction target of net carbon zero by 2050, and to develop strong new industries in a clean energy economy driven by renewable energy.

"The Coalition are ignoring the fact that climate change is having an increasing impact on our lives. Ignoring the science is an irresponsible step that jeopardises the future of our state," Senator Siewert concluded.

 

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